NWO Golf Links
“There was a significant economic impact from the construction spending
for the Capitol Hill golf complex with the related commercial and
residential growth. There was an increase of approximately 3 million
square feet of non-residential space between 1997 and 2014 in
Prattville/Millbrook. There was an increase of almost 6,000 houses
and 6,300 jobs from 2000 to 2010 which adds annual residential
spending. Tourism spending alone in Autauga, Elmore, and
Montgomery Counties has increased by approximately $500
million annually since 1997. This spending creates a
Since its inception theRobert Trent Jones Golf Trail
has had more than 11 million rounds played with
nearly half of those players coming from outside
the state of Alabama. That is what the Trail was
designed to do and it is working very well.
With the construction of the original eight golf
properties, economic investment in Alabama has
increased significantly. Honda, Mercedes and
Hyundai added manufacturing plants, which has
brought new jobs and drastically increased state
revenues. Airbus recently began construction of its
A320 planes in its $600 million plant near Mobile.
In an interview Bronner explained why he felt
investing in golf was a sound idea,"The genesis
was two things: To combat some of the negative
publicity about the state and golf in the state. It
wasn't just in the sports pages, but the business
pages, too. And second, a study showing that 90
percent of corporate leaders played golf."
The golf courses are all championship caliber and,
in fact, host several professional events.
The LPGA Tour annually visits Capitol Hill in
Prattville, near Montgomery, for the YokohamaTire LPGA Classic.
The Grand National location
at Opelika was the site ofthe 2015 Barbasol
Championship on the PGA TOUR.
large economic impact as
it is re-spent in the